Imran Khan hints at another long march, vows to approach SC

India biggest loser in Afghanistan: PM Imran


Gwadar: Indian Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that India is Afghanistan’s biggest “loser” and its multi-billion dollar investment is currently at risk.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a conversation with journalists in Gwadar that the United States itself does not know what it needs to do in Afghanistan. He said that the United States does not know what will happen in a month. He added that Pakistan’s position on Afghanistan is clear.

“We all fear that the situation in Afghanistan will get worse,” he said. Our government is making every effort to bring about a political settlement in Afghanistan.

PM Imran said “I also spoke to the President of Iran in this regard, all neighboring countries should try for a peaceful resolution of Afghan issue.”

Imran Khan said that we do not want anarchy to spread in Afghanistan, nor a long civil war. Afghans are our brothers. If there is chaos, they will suffer the most. Afghanistan has been in turmoil for more than 40 years.

He feared that the chaos in Afghanistan would affect all our trade with Central Asia, and our foreign minister is doing his best. We will also talk to the Taliban to find a political settlement, he added.

Earlier addressing at the launch of development projects and the signing ceremony of Memoranda of Understanding in the port city on Monday Prime Minister Imran Khan said “Pakistan can benefit from its strategic location and also from the expertise of its friend China which is an economic power in the region.

The Prime Minister stated that Gwadar will open up new opportunities for regional trade and added that the future belongs to Gwadar, becoming the “focus of development” and ensuring the prosperity of the entire country.

The Prime Minister, who arrived in Gwadar during a one-day visit, unveiled the first phase of the Gwadar Free Zone, and also started construction on 2,200 acres of land for the second phase and opened three factories.

The Prime Minister said that his vision for the emerging Pakistan is a firm country committed to the country’s prosperity.

He said the government is focused on ensuring the provision of basic facilities including clean water and electricity to encourage industrialization.

He said that the federal government’s recently announced Rs 73 crore development budget for Balochistan is historically significant and aims to revitalize the province and alleviate the long-term poverty of its people.

“Unless all areas are mainstreamed and comprehensive development is ensured, no country can make progress,” he said, adding that connectivity is one of the main components of the Balochistan package.

Imran Khan said that the government is giving priority to the development of Balochistan, northern regions and rural areas in Punjab.

The Prime Minister mentioned that Gwadar International Airport will encourage regional trade and promote economic activity.

He said that the one-window operation is underway to facilitate investors, and urged the provincial government to ensure that appropriate services are provided to investors, because the subject is transferred to them after the passage of the 18th amendment.

Imran Khan thanked the Chinese government for launching water and solar projects in Balochistan, especially Gwadar.

He also mentioned the technical education provided by China to the locals in Gwadar, which he said will be of great benefit as foreign investment grows.

The Prime Minister mentioned several initiatives to upgrade Gwadar, including universities, employment under the Kamyab Jawan program, and upgrading the equipment of local fishermen to ensure that their catches increase in value.

He said that the Prime Minister’s Office will regularly monitor the progress of the development plan launched in Gwadar every month.

The Prime Minister said that regional countries have expressed interest in reaping the benefits of Gwadar Port.

Under such circumstances, he expressed concern about the laws and situation in Afghanistan, which he said is extremely important for the continuity of development.

The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan, stated that the provincial government has been cooperating with CPEC authorities to resolve customs issues. He drew attention to the relocation of locals in the East Bay and said that he is working hard to find a friendly solution.

He said that the public sector development plan for this fiscal year covers the entire Balochistan province and mentioned that the expansion of Gwadar Hospital to 200 beds, the construction of the first university in Gwadar, the border market and the construction of villages are all planned. in.

Chinese Ambassador Non Rong said the cooperation between the governments of Pakistan and China had led the several projects to see the light of the day. He said over the past eight years, the two countries accelerated their pace on several projects related to civic amenities, particularly clean water and solar plants.

He said Gwadar was a showcase of the “Chinese solution” for Pakistan’s development.

By taking a comprehensive way of development, Gwadar Port would turn into a business hub, he said, adding that China would continue to extend support for a shared future with Pakistan.

Chairman CPEC Authority Lt Gen (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa said the Gwadar Free Zone spread at 60 acres had been completed where 46 enterprises were operational.

He now says that starting today, the second phase of the 2,200-acre project will usher in a new era of prosperity in Gwadar and Balochistan.

He mentioned that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal interests led to the transshipment policy, the Afghanistan transit policy, the signing and implementation of the border trade framework with Iran, and the concretization of the construction of the East Bay Expressway.

He said that several important development projects are underway, including Gwadar International Airport and a vocational college to cultivate the skills of locals.

Bajwa said that the conspiracy against CPEC is on the rise, but the government’s commitment has greatly helped thwart these challenges.

Senate Chairman Sadiq Sangirani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmoud Qureshi, Minister of Information Chowdhury Fawad Hussein, Minister of Defense Production Zubaida Jalal, Minister of Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi attended.

Earlier, before landing at Gwadar Airport, the Prime Minister had a bird’s-eye view of the port infrastructure, including the highway.

After arriving in the lobby of the China Business Center, he listened to a detailed introduction to the development plan of South Balochistan. He interacted with the CPEC workforce.

In addition, seven regional countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Kenya and Qatar, said on Monday that they are committed to cooperation in the development of Gwadar.

At the ceremony attended by their respective ambassadors, Prime Minister Imran Khan attended the ceremony, and regional countries expressed their support for the development of Pakistan’s port cities.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also witnessed the signing of two memorandums of understanding with the Chinese government on development projects in Gwadar.

The agreement includes an implementation agreement on the establishment of a 1.2MGD desalination plant to solve the problem of shortage of drinking water for the residents of Gwadar.

Other agreements include a grant from China to provide solar generators for Balochistan South, and a groundbreaking ceremony for the North Gwadar Free Zone and enterprises.

Also on the occasion, the Chinese investors through video-link from Shanghai showed the ‘Expression of Commitment for Investment’. Those who pledged to invest in Balochistan’s different sectors included Huang Weiguo (textile), Huang Daoyuan (prefabricated technology), Fang Hongyan (agriculture), Shen Jian (wool spinning), David Dia and Chen Yi (dairy processing) and Bao Dequan (textile).

The factories inaugurated on the occasion included chemical fertilizer factory, Gwadar Animal Vaccination factory and lubricant factory, besides the opening of Gwadar Tissue Plant Laboratory. 

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